By Yulia Yevgeniya. Kitchen. Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 10:54:27 AM.
Older homes with smaller kitchens sometimes have the refrigerator inside the "U", but that really eats into the counter space. Most often you’ll see a U‐shaped kitchen with the refrigerator on the adjacent wall right outside the "U", which is fine. It’s still within the work triangle. One signature of the U‐shaped kitchen is the peninsula. In this case, it doesn’t have seating due to the passageway between rooms. The lack of kitchen seating is often the reason people prefer the L‐shaped kitchen with an island to the U‐shaped kitchen.
If you're doing tile or stone floors, work on picking those materials at the same time as cabinets, backsplash and countertops. The relationships among these materials is critical. It's tough to mix different types of stone and tile unless you want your kitchen to look like a showroom.
Wood counters, naturally, also work well in spaces that already feature wood cabinets – that is, if you’re a true wood lover and don’t mind it dominating the palette. Notice in several of these examples how wood only dresses the island counters. Wood in general is an excellent material to use for an accent counter (often on an island or a small "chopping zone" in butcher block), contrasting with nearby stone or solid‐surface counters in a pleasing way.